Discover the true MTB paradise of Val di Sole

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Val di Sole is a true paradise for mountain bikers. It may host the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, but it’s not just a playground for pros. Riders of all abilities flock to this MTB Mecca thanks to a huge variety of trails and bike parks. With its network of routes, amenities, lifts and cycle buses, it’s uniquely geared for riders.

The 35km long Val di Sole cycle path is the ideal way to get to your starting point. It follows the Noce river through woodland and meadows along the valley floor.

The riding at Val di Sole and Bike Park Val di Sole

Black Snake Trail

This is the legendary and notorious World Cup Downhill MTB track, and it’s got one deadly bite. It’s unbelievably steep, features big rocks and countless big roots – the snakes that give the route its name. It’s a very demanding course that favours riders with high skill levels and technical ability.

Golden Eagle Trail
This intermediate trail offers everything a mountain biker’s heart desires: roots, rock gardens, jumps, berms and Northshore sections. Challenging and intermediate sections are the perfect mix for experienced riders.

La Preda Trail

This is one of six MTB Enduro trails that start at the top of the gondola at the Rifugio Solander, at a height of 2,000m and descends 1,200m to the bottom.
The first part is an easy gravel road with great panoramic views. The second part through a conifer forest is a fun natural trail with some small man-made features. The trail is good for intermediate as well as for experienced riders.

Bike Park Ponte di Legno Tonale


The very first Family Bike Park in Trentino is situated in the heart of the Val di Sole resort at the Valbiolo chairlift station of Passo Tonale. At a height of 1,884m it’s above the tree line and has a high alpine character with stunning views of the surrounding glaciers and peaks, including the famous Monte Presanella.

The park offers three tracks with different skill level. Tonale Easy Rider (easy track), the Upper Way (moderate track) and the Race Line (challenging track) which offers fun riding over Northshore elements including banked turns and jumps.


The easy and moderate tracks are quite flowy and suit all those who have never tried mountain biking.

If you’ve got young kids, bring them along too. Right next to the Bike Park, kids can also play and have fun at the fantastic Villaggio delle Marmotte, a special playground with games and slides.
And again, bikes and protective gear can be hired at the bottom of the chairlift.

Where to stay

For a list of bike-friendly hotels and chalets, head over here. They’re all ideally set-up to cater for the needs of riders, offering secure storage, cleaning and maintenance areas – both for you and your bike.

Riding the lifts

The Bike Park Val di Sole is open from Saturday, June 9, 2018 until Sunday, September 23, 2018. Four hours costs €24 and a day pass is €29.
The Bike Park Ponte di Legno Tonale operation times are Saturday, June 23, 2018 to Sunday, September 9, 2018. One day costs €20 and a week pass is €80.

Getting there

Val di Sole is situated in northern Italy and has good transport connections to Milan, Bologna, Venice and Innsbruck.
By car: From Bologna-Verona and from the Brennero, take the A22 Brennero motorway, the Trento Nord exit if you are coming from the south. The S. Michele all’Adige exit if you are coming from the north. Then follow the directions towards Cles in Val di Non SS43 and then to Val di Sole SS42.
From Bergamo-Brescia follow the SS42 to Passo Tonale.
By plane: The closest international airports are Verona (160km), Brescia (180km) Bergamo (250km) and Milan (335km).
By train/bus: You can reach the main city of Trento by train from anywhere in Europe.
At approximately 200m from the railway station in Trento, you can easily reach the Trento-Malè-Mezzana station, from where you can take the local train that connects Trento to Val di Sole. The train stops in all the towns that are located along the railway all the way to Mezzana.

When to go

The lift operating times govern the best time to visit, and that’s from the beginning of June to the end of September. Because Val di Sole is a sunny region it is possible to ride in April but since the lifts are not open, be prepared to pedal! In peak summer daytime temperatures can reach 30ºC but these are the mountains, so always be prepared for the weather to change quickly.


 

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